Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire in 1956 and lives and works
in London. She studied at Gloucestershire College of Art and
Design, Wolverhampton Polytechnic and at Reading University.
She is best known for a number of large-scale installations
including Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), and The
Maybe (1995), a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton, who
appeared sleeping inside a vitrine at the Serpentine Gallery.
In tandem with large projects like these she has also made an
ongoing series of smaller works entitled Avoided Object, working
in collaboration with numerous institutions including HM Customs
& Excise, The Royal Armouries and Madame Tussauds.
In 1997 she was awarded a residency at ArtPace in San Antonio,
Texas and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Tate Gallery,
London. In 1998 she had major solo exhibitions at the Serpentine
Gallery, London, and Deitch Projects, New York. A retrospective
of her work was held at the ICA Boston in 2000. In 2001, the
Galeria de Arte Moderne in Turin presented a major one-person
show, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London commissioned
a permanent installation for the British Galleries.
She has works in the Tate Collection and in numerous
public and private collections in Europe and the USA. She is
represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.